Written by: J. Logan
On a few occasions I've scrolled past the new Netflix documentary Flint Town. Released March 2, this short series follows a few officers of from the Flint Police Department and focuses the emotional conflicts of serving for their community. The documentary explains how difficult it is serving for a community struggling with poverty, various crimes, financial problems, and the recent water crisis. Directors Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper, and Jessica Dimmock did a great job, but some things within the story just gave me mixed feelings.
I can't speak on the whole series, because although it is only 8 episodes, I haven't finished it yet. I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on a few things that I've viewed so far within the series. The city of Flint as a whole is going through a difficult time and I believe the one thing that is fueling a lot of things is fear. Many of the citizen may not trust the police because of the things they see on television happening in other urban cities. They also fear their government because those are the people who were in some ways responsible for the water crisis. So when the Chief of Police, Timothy Johnson, created the Crime Area Target Team (CATT) squad I didn't exactly know how to feel about seeing what they do.
I won't get into too much detail about the aspects that didn't sit well, because I'd rather you watch and possibly raise the same questions yourselves. I will say that the show is very interesting and I feel like it's a good mini binge for a lazy afternoon.